Compared to the class-leading players, such as Creative’s Zen or Trekstor’s Vibez, there’s just not the excitement, involvement or zing. Even hooking up a top quality pair of headphones such as Sennheiser’s CX400s can’t draw out the dynamism and impact we’ve come to expect from a player costing £60 (for the 2GB version) to £100 for the 8GB version.
Listen to Vampire Weekend’s wonderfully weird debut album and it feels as if there’s something missing with this Samsung player; as if an underlying section of the music has been stripped out and discarded. It sounds a little thin, and can’t even compete with the Sansa View, which is hardly the last word in sound quality.
The headphones supplied in the box are pretty good, however, with a reasonably solid, balanced sound that doesn’t tire the ears – much better than the horrible white earbuds you get with an Apple player. Music format support is also very good: the T10 will happily play MP3, WMA, OGG and AAC files. Though the latter doesn’t appear on the official compatibility list, the T10 will play them.
The 320 x 240 screen is bright and clear and movies play back at a decent frame rate – up to 30fps – but at two inches in size (the same as on the iPod nano) it isn’t quite big enough to view a movie all the way through comfortably. At this size, you’re also going to be re-encoding a lot before viewing, so it’s not the most practical video player in this respect either.
If Bluetooth capability is essential, the dainty T10 is a very tempting proposition. It’s slim, sexy and packs an impressive number of features into its diminutive body, including an FM radio and the ability to output to two pairs of Bluetooth headphones simultaneously.
In other areas, however, it just can’t compete with the class-leading wired players. It’s not the easiest player to use, wired sound quality isn’t brilliant and you can get more capacity for the money. If Bluetooth isn’t important, we’d urge you to try something different: the more practical 16GB Sansa View may be slightly bulkier, but sound quality, screen, ease of use and storage are far superior.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 7